Alex de Minaur determined to bounce back stronger after Fabio Fognini loss



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Alex de Minaur determined to bounce back stronger after Fabio Fognini loss

Rising Australian star Alex de Minaur suffered a shock loss to Fabio Fognini at the Australian Open on Saturday and he is determined to learn from the loss and bounce back stronger. Though de Minaur was seeded at No. 21 and Fognini at No.

16, the Australian entered the match as the favorite since he was enjoying a strong form and the hard isn't the Italian's favorite surface. But de Minaur failed to deliver at Melbourne Park on Saturday as Fognini won in straight sets 6-4 6-3 6-4 to progress into the round-of-16.

"It's good to in a way have these matches, because I can now sit down and see what I need to improve on. It's a constant, constant journey of improvement, and I'm not satisfied where I am. I want to not come and make third round of a slam and be content about it," de Minaur said, per Ravi Ubha.

De Minaur stood no chance against Fognini

Fognini failed to serve out for the set in the ninth game but he broke de Minaur in the following game to win the opener. The Italian then claimed the lone break of the second set in the sixth game and held on to his serve to take a comfortable two-set lead.

De Minaur got one break back in the third set but Fognini served out for the match in the 10th game of the set. The match was played behind the closed doors as Melbourne went a five-day lockdown. "It would have been tough for me, I think, playing with no crowd especially next match.

Even though it was a 4th round, quarterfinals. Personally I think sports is entertainment at the end of the day & I want to be able to play in front of full crowds around the world," said Australian Nick Kyrgios, who lost to Dominic Thiem in the second round.

Six-time ATP champion Kyrgios was up by two sets against Thiem before the 2020 Australian Open runner-up recovered to win in five sets.